Longest shot pays $88.40

January 04, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

ARCADIA, Calif. -- The rain stopped in the nick of time for El Atroz.

After finishing last on a muddy track at Bay Meadows in December, the 3-year-old gelding had a new trainer and a new jockey yesterday on a drying-out fast track at Santa Anita, and he responded with a half-length victory in the $109,850 California Breeders' Champion Stakes, paying $88.40 as the longest shot on the board.

"I wished I had been smart enough to bet something on him," trainer John Sadler said after he saddled El Atroz for the first time.

Martin Pedroza rode El Atroz, bringing the horse from fifth with a four-wide move at the top of the stretch.

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